October Beats presented by @thursplay


Here’s what you’ll listen to on this October Beats by our friends at @thursplay : MIKA‘s “Origin of Love” from his latest album of same name, opening the playlist, followed by the beautiful “Let it Go” song by Fossil Collective and by the song “Sooner or Later” by New York electronic music duo called MNDR.

Still on this playlist: meet L.A. based indie folk band Milo Greene with their song “1957″, followed by Wild Belle‘s song “Take me Away”. Find the new releases by swedish band Turn Off Your Television featured in this playlist with their new song “My Apple Tree (Thank you William Blake)” and norwegian band Casa Murilo with their new song “In for the Kill”.

What were your favorite releases during October?

Share it with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.


The Science Behind the Song

We commissioned music psychologist Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen to investigate the important role music plays in the romantic endeavours of humans. From a sample of 2,000 participants these were the results.


Tävla och vinn biljetter till Timbuktu & Damn! – 10 års jubileumskonsert på Hovet

Den 17 November smäller Timbuktu & Damn! av sin 10 års fest på Hovet i Stockholm. Nu kan du vara med och tävla om biljetter till konserten.

För första gången någonsin i Norden kommer konserten att direktsändas till ett 60 tal biografer runt om i landet, så om du inte kan komma till Stockholm 17/11 kommer festen till din biograf istället!

Klicka här för att tävla.

Förfesta till Timbuktu & Damn!

Spotify App of the Week – h1tchr

Do you like knowing more about the back stories of the bands and songs that you play on Spotify? Then you should definitely try the h1tchr Spotify App.

Simply play a song and h1tchr will gather the information about the artist from Wikipedia and Discogs, giving you tiny bits of knowledge right inside Spotify.

You can also browse the credits tab, which includes artwork, producing information, and even background vocals. You can also browse the gallery and see pictures from the band you are listening to.

If you enjoy instantly knowing album release dates, or who performed that sax solo, then h1tchr has you covered.

Check out h1tchr’s Spotify App by clicking here on your desktop computer.

App of the Week: SoundTracking

Share the soundtrack to your life with the fantastic new Spotify app from our friends at SoundTracking!

SoundTracking is an easy, fun and expressive way to share your favorite songs and current jams with your friends, family and fans. Instantly identify the music playing around you and then share the song with a photo, location, and a comment. With a few taps of your phone, you’ll be able to not only share your music moments, but also follow the favorite songs of friends, music artists, DJs and celebrities.

Now a Spotify App, SoundTracking brings their stellar mobile experience to the Spotify platform with enhanced features, including:

  • Share music moments right from Spotify: While listening to music in Spotify, you can now share songs, photos and captions directly to your friends using the SoundTracking app.
  • Stream full songs: View music moments shared in SoundTracking and stream full songs. Lean back, listen and enjoy!
  • Add Instagram photos to your music moments: Connect your Instagram account and add your awesome pics to SoundTracking posts.
  • Instantly create playlists from SoundTracking feeds: Whether it’s your own soundtrack, your favorite DJ’s or a friend’s favorite tunes, you can now create Spotify playlists from anyone’s feed in SoundTracking.
  • Show your love: It’s not just a listening experience… use those likes, loves and comments to let people know what you think of their favorite jams!

We’re hooked! Get the SoundTracking App today and join the artists, DJs, celebrities, and music fans sharing the SoundTrack to their lives. Add it here!

Logitech UE presents – The One AM Radio

Our friends from Logitech UE present to you the Logitech UE Artist of the Week.

The One AM Radio is a project based in Los Angeles, where the sun hasn’t completely thawed its New England roots. Songwriter/producer Hrishikesh Hirway makes music about the feeling you get while driving home, fast, late at night, through half-empty streets.

The project began in the Northeast, where Hrishikesh was studying design and photography at Yale. With a borrowed guitar, a 4-track, and a drum machine, he made cassettes for his friends and his sister to fall asleep to—instrumental lullabies mixed with “staticky” murmurs of talk radio. He started writing lyrics and singing over his music, and began performing, using what he’d written on the label on the first cassette — “The One AM Radio” — as a moniker.

Hrishikesh started making the album “Heaven Is Attached by a Slender Thread” during sleepless nights in his adopted home, Los Angeles. The new LP is about living on the fumes of dreams and hopes, the forces that drive people to come to a city like LA, forces that are in constant danger of burning out. At one point, Hrishikesh’s idea was to make a dance record, and now, he admits, that’s not really how it turned out. But the album does make you want to move, to run, to get in the car and drive fast through the empty city in the middle of the night — to remember how tenuous your hold is everything things you have, and want, and long for.

Learn more about Logitech UE here.

Our Interview with Jake Bugg

If I knew how to write the perfect song I’d be writing it now!”, Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg has been enjoying a remarkable year. 12 months ago the 18-year-old from Clifton in Nottingham was playing tiny club gigs up and down the country. More recently he’s toured with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, supported the Stone Roses on their comeback shows and now his debut album has gone straight in at Number One Album in the UK. As you can see, things are happening very fast, but no so fast that Jake couldn’t make time to come into the Spotify office to play four songs – Taste It, Two Fingers, Country Song and Lightning Bolt – from that really rather brilliant debut.

“I really enjoyed that,” he said afterwards. “That was cool!”

Hello Jake, tell us, what music was playing in your house when you were growing up?
My mum used to play everything from Beethoven to Take That. It was a huge mix, but it was my uncle who introduced me to Beatles and Dylan and I started tracing the music back on the internet. I’d read books and pick up on names and then people would tell me about other things and off I’d go.

What was the first record you fell in love with?
Don McLean’s American Pie album – that’s great. When I was 13 or 14 I fell for that, particularly Vincent. That’s an amazing track, so well written and it sounds amazing. That was the first record I bought too.

What made you want to pick up the guitar?
My uncle really, he showed me the basic chords. I was playing cover versions of things at 14 or 15 and that taught me about songs, how they fit together, their structure and melody. I learnt from them. The first songs I wrote weren’t that great, but some I still play. I have old demos of some really rough, terrible recordings! I still play Someplace occasionally, that’s on the album and one called I See Her Cryin’ – that’s an old tune.

What five records couldn’t Jake Bugg exist without?
Please, Please Me by The Beatles, Fairytale by Donovan, Jimi Hendrix Bold As Love, Nick Drake Pink Moon and John Martyn’s Solid Air.

What connects all those records for you?
I think it’s just that they sound so good. I can stick each one on and enjoy every moment. So they all stand out to my ears, but I couldn’t tell you why!

Does the perfect song exist?
Yeah – there’s a few. Don McLean’s Vincent is perfect. Might not be for everyone else, but it is for me. Smells Like Teen Spirit is a perfect song and the perfect performance too. If I knew how to write the perfect song I’d be writing it now!

Trouble Town is quite hard on your hometown, has anyone from there ever come back to you on that?
No, not really. That’s about where I grew up and there’s loads of places like it. Most of my friends – most people I’ve spoken to – agree with my on it.

What have you learnt from playing with Noel Gallagher, or the Stone Roses?
Just practice! That’s all it is. Noel’s such a real inspiration, everything he’s done is cool.

Finally, and most importantly, what’s your favourite noise?
Ha! Well, I love the sound of Table Tennis. I love playing it and the sound is so good. If you get a good rhythm going it’s quite hypnotic – but you need to have someone with some real skill playing it to get to that point!

Ställ din fråga till Ke$ha!

Ke$ha, superstjärnan med extra allt är på besök i Sverige! Hon är just nu aktuell med den nya singeln “Die Young” från det kommande albumet “Warrior” som släpps den 30 november.

Här är din chans att få ställa en fråga, som sedan kan komma att bli besvarad i en intervju med Ke$ha. Ställer du den bästa frågan blir du även belönad med ett signerat kit från Ke$ha tillsammans med 3 månaders Spotify Premium!

Så här säger Ke$ha själv om sitt album:
“I am so excited to finally share WARRIOR with all of my amazing ANIMALS. I’ve been working for a year on this new record and have collaborated with some of my idols. This process has been long and intense and I couldn’t be more stoked to share this music. I hope with WARRIOR my fans get to know me in a much more raw and vulnerable way.”

Ställ din fråga i kommentarsfältet!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We kick off a new week with an African-inspired folk pop band from Sydney, Australia: “Jinja Safari” and their catchy song “Toothless Grin”. We continue with Liverpool-based “Dan Croll” and his great debut single “From Nowhere”.

Next band in our playlist this week is a band based out of Cleveland, Ohio: “The Lighthouse And The Whaler”. I love their song “Pioneers”. “Milo Greene” is an indie folk quintet from Los Angeles, California. Next song in our playlist is their dreamy song “1957”.

Last song in our playlist this week is Ellie Goulding’s beautiful cover of “Hanging On” by Active Child.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Our interview with Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children

Congratulations for the Stjernedryspris! How does it feel?
Thanks! It’s just amazing – and a tad overwhelming. I’m super proud and happy, that’s for sure.

Could you tell us a bit more about your sound? Where do you find the inspiration?
I think I find inspiration in all the big and small things of everyday life – just tiny events that happen around me. Also drinking huge loads of espresso helps. Yup. I like to just linger around or take a walk -I walk a lot actually- and then all of a sudden a song just pops up in my head, and I can’t stop singing and playing until it’s all done.

You released your debut album in April, what has happened since then?
We’ve pretty much been touring since then, in Europe and in Canada and the USA which was totally awesome, driving in a van through the desert looking at big cacti… so cool. We even played on top of the world, literally, in Thule Air Base right next to the North Pole! I did some collaboration as well, and now I’m preparing and recording the next album.

Greenland is a bit underrepresented on the music market, what have we missed in Scandinavia that we really should listen to? Could you give us some tips?
Wow, there’s a lot of cool music happening in Greenland right now – Angu, Small Time Giants, Nanook, Torluut, Simon Lynge – just to name a few. There’s a lot more going on, also underground, from hip hop to crazy metal (I personally love X-it).